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Christine Dean for KUMD

This Minneapolis-based songwriter and performer got his start in music as a teenager in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He's performed in Twin Cities bands including the Lowland Lakers, and released his debut solo album, Paper Over It, in January, 2020. He joined us in the studio on January 17, 2020, to talk about the album and share some tunes.

Taylor James Donskey

Man in a Santa hat holding a stuffed reindeer and a Christmas 45rpm record
Jennifer Moore

Tune in for a festive musical holiday lineup on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:


6-9pm A Holiday House is Rockin' hosted by Chris Harwood

9-11pm A Mayou, Mayou Christmas-father and son hosts Dave and Mike Mayou bring us two hours of music for the holiday.

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Duluth's long-running DJ collective The Crunchy Bunch is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a show titled Ten Years of Not Taking Requests on December 27th at the Caddy Shack in Lincoln Park. 

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Christine Dean

This long-time local folk singer, community choir director, and activist is releasing her sixth solo album, Song Like a Seed, on Sunday, December 22nd at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. We found out more and heard songs from the album when Thomsen joined us in the studio on December 19, 2019; listen to the session below.

Sara Thomsen
Sacred Heart Music Center


KUMD Album Review: Girl

Dec 6, 2019
Gril Ray Album
Girl Ray

  British power trio Girl Ray began their studio career with their indie venture Earl Grey. It featured off-beat considerations of loss, longing, and love in a sound somewhere between pop and indie rock. After the album tour ended, members Poppy Hankin, Sophie Moss, and Iris McConnell stepped out of the music scene and into service and office jobs. Then Sophie began experimenting with writing songs over beats, and the group returned to the studio. The fruit of these sessions is their sophomore album Girl, a collection of handcrafted pop songs about love and friendship.

Tuck & Patti

Fazio is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist whose latest album, Let's Go, was produced by renowned jazz duo Tuck & Patti. They joined us in the studio on December 5 for a preview of their show the same night at the West Theater in West Duluth.

Sam Fazio
Tuck & Patti

West Theater

KUMD Album Review: Elysian EP

Nov 22, 2019

Melbourne indie rocker Samsaruh spent her early teens busking with her guitar and released her first EP at 16 under her birth name. Now she’s accumulating a loyal fanbase throughout Australia and beyond. After releasing nine singles over the course of two years, and lending her voice and songwriting to other artists, Samsaruh dropped the EP Elysian in August. Written in Los Angeles during the first half of 2019, Elysian features a variety of tones, from pop rock bops to cinematic ballads. There’s a sound for every listener.

Frankie Lee

Listen to our session with this Minnesota musician recently released a new album named after his hometown, Stillwater. We found out more and heard songs from the release when he and local musician Sarah Krueger joined us in the studio on November 22, 2019.

Frankie Lee
Sacred Heart Music Center

Charlie Parr

We are delighted to welcome back this local favorite to our studios on November 20th. He's doing a residency Wednesdays in November at the Cedar Lounge in Superior. We chatted with Parr about his latest, self-titled, album and heard some tunes.

Charlie Parr
Cedar Lounge

KUMD Album Review: 2019

Nov 15, 2019
Lucy Dacus
Lucy Dacus

Since Virginia native Lucy Dacus released her first single, “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” in the fall of 2015, her music career has ascended at an astonishing speed. Both her debut album, No Burden, and her sophomore album, Historian, enjoyed critical acclaim.

Go to Gigs 11/15

Nov 15, 2019
Michael Kaiz

Pert Near Sandstone, Jerry Douglas

Bluegrass and roots music

NorShor Theater

Friday, November 15 | 7pm | $20-25


 FeMNfest featuring Wild Flower, One Less Guest, Me-N-Her*

Part of the scaled down FEMN Fest featuring womxn in music, beer, and business

Pizza Luce

Friday, November 15 | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Pert Near Sandstone

This Minnesota quintet has been making high-energy, foot-stomping string band music (complete with percussion from a clogger) for over a decade. They founded the Blue Ox Festival, have appeared at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and since their last visit to our studio did their first tour of Europe. We caught up with them when they joined us in the studio on November 15; they performed later the same night at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth with dobro legend Jerry Douglas and Useful Jenkins.

Jim Hall at KUMD's Live From Studio A

In his 50 years playing music in the Twin Ports, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has performed in a long list of projects that includes Azure du Jour, Blue Healer, Spotted Mule, and Jim's Country Laundry. He's released numerous albums, both solo and with groups, and has written many much-beloved tunes, including "Beast in the Yard." Truly a Duluth treasure, Hall played a 50th anniversary show on November 16 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth; he joined us in the studio for a preview on November 14.

Sacred Heart Music Center

Go To Gigs 11/8/19

Nov 8, 2019
Airship Caravan


Laska, Charlotte Montgomery

Laska blends intricate vocals harmonies, sweeping instrumentals, and profound lyricism

Blacklist Brewing Co.

Saturday, November 9 | 8pm | 21+


Martin Zellar & The Hardways

Once the lead singer for the Minneapolis alt-country band the Gear Daddies, Martin now has released many solo albums with his band the Hardways

West Theater